As the summer of fun heats up with transfers and transfer speculation coming from all angles, this is a good time to discuss the transfers.
Luka Modric (Tottenham)
A much-targeted player finally put pen to paper on a deal to take him to Tottenham. He then promptly went to the Euro 2008 finals and performed heroically for his country, his performance against the Germans was nothing short of sensational, giving Spurs fans a sneak preview of what he will hopefully achieve at White Hart Lane.
Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
Nasri’s move to Arsenal took a while to complete, but the stylish French attacker appears willing and able to wow the fans at the Emirates. The 21-year-old has a very promising career ahead of him and alongside Wenger’s other impressive youngsters, he should be a big hit.
Slightly longer in the tooth than the first two mentioned, Deco’s inclusion on this list may surprise many, but his transfer to Stamford Bridge could be an inspired move. The 30-year-old still has a lot to offer and could be an important figure in the Chelsea midfield this coming season (even more so if Frank Lampard leaves the club). The Portuguese player is very adaptable and, at £8m, could be considered a bargain in today’s inflated market.
Fabrice Muamba (Bolton)
Muamba is a class act and a player that Gary Megson was very wise to pick up from Championship-bound Birmingham City. The 20-year-old always looks effortless on the ball and seems to have time to ponder his options in the midfield, a steal at £5m (especially if you consider other big money moves this summer that seem to be way overpriced, Dave Kitson and Bobby Zamora spring to mind!). The kind of player that could help push Bolton nearer mid-table and away from another relegation battle.
Andrea Dossena (Liverpool)
Stylish left-back who impressed greatly at Udinese and will be a very useful replacement for a rapidly-worsening John Arne Riise. The Italian international should provide solidity and the ability to break quickly. With a solid grounding of top level experience, he could well be a player who helps Rafa’s title push.
Also worth a mention…
Scott Carson (West Brom) – An absolute bargain in this day and age, to get an England international keeper for less than £4m is a steal!
George Boateng (Hull City) – The kind of purchase that could be a big key to the Tigers avoiding a swift return to the Championship.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – Wenger fought off allcomers for one of the most promising talents around. Sure to be a big star for the future.